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The bell rings, and we get a stare-down, then a lockup. Ray backs Styles into the corner, a teases a punch, but breaks clean. Ray tells AJ that he knows he’s afraid. He reeks of fear and he knows it. Another lock up and Ray slams Styles to the mat. Styles gets back to his feet, but Ray slams him right back down.
Another lock up, and Ray works over Styles’ arm, wrenching and pulling at it. Styles works his way out of the hold, and falls victim to an immediate short-arm clothesline. Ray tells Styles that this is all wrong for him, this night is not his, and Styles is afraid of Ray. Ray says if Styles keeps fighting, he’ll take care of his wife and kids for Styles. Styles comes back with a series of strikes and a huge dropkick. Ray is back up, and Styles trips Ray and goes right into the calf-killer. Garrett Bischoff is out, and he distracts AJ, causing him to break the hold. Ray has a hammer out of nowhere.
Garrett Bischoff gets backed out by Styles. When Styles gets back into the ring, Ray swings, and Styles kicks Ray’s arm. Ray drops the hammer and Styles picks it up, but when Styles tries to use it, Ray catches Styles with a chop. Ray chases Styles into the corner and hits him with another chop, then a clubbing blow to the back, and a chop big enough to drop Styles to the mat. Ray mocks Hulk Hogan, putting his hand to his ear. Ray takes Styles into the corner and hits another chop to the chest.
Ray slaps Styles, and Styles asks for another, taking a big chop and getting right back into it. Styles takes another chop, and tells Ray to give him another. Styles slaps Bully, telling him to slap him. Ray hits AJ with a big clothesline and a huge chop, but Styles just shrugs it off, even though he’s got giant welts and bruises on his chest. Styles hits Ray with a dropkick to the knee. Knux makes his way out from the back and stands in front of Styles. Styles is on the top and he jumps off, right into a big chokeslam from Knux. Ray pins Styles, but Styles kicks out at two.
Ray screams at Knux, then screams at Earl Hebner. Hebner gets in Ray’s face, and Ray charges AJ with a clothesline, but AJ ducks and Ray takes out Knux. AJ rolls up Ray for two. Ray scores with a quick punch, then launches AJ to the outside with a boot to the ribs. Ray slams AJ head first into the announcer’s table. Ray picks up the hammer from earlier and looks out at the crowd. Ray grabs AJ around the throat, but AJ scores with an enzugiri before Ray can use the hammer. AJ picks up the hammer and tosses it down. Styles slams Ray’s head into the announcer’s table, then he heads into the ring. Styles hits a giant springboard 450 to the outside through the table, but Ray moves!
Styles writhes in pain as the ref checks on him. Taz hands cutters to Ray, and Ray begins to take apart the ring. Ray pulls back part of the mat, then the padding underneath.
AJ struggles to get to his feet and back into the ring. Styles is grabbing at his ribs, using the apron to get to his feet. Bully stomps at AJ’s head. Ray calls to the back, but no one is coming. Ray doesn’t look too happy. Dixie Carter comes out, wringing her hands and looking unhappy.
Carter tells security to hand her a chair, and she gives it to Bully. Bully turns around into a springboard forearm from Styles that drives the chair into his face. Styles goes to the apron and hits the springboard 450. Styles goes for the cover, but Dixie tells Hebner not to count it. Hebner counts one, then shrugs Dixie off, but Ray kicks out before he can get to two.
Styles and Hebner argue, but Styles gets past it pretty quickly. Styles picks Ray up to his feet, but Ray backdrops him on the exposed boards. Ray stomps and chops at AJ’s chest. Ray heads to the middle rope, jumping off with a senton splash. Ray blows a kiss at Dixie, then goes for a pin. Styles kicks out at two.
Ray picks up the chair and blasts AJ across the back. Ray winds up and drives the chair down again across AJ’s back. Ray picks AJ up to his feet and goes for a powerbomb, but Styles lands on his feet. Styles connects with the Pele kick, and both men are down. Styles gets to his feet first, and he grabs the chair. Styles blasts Ray in the face with the chair, then sets him up. Styles climbs up in the corner and points at Dixie. Styles hits the Spiral tap, and gets the three count.
Winner and NEW TNA Heavyweight Champion: AJ Styles
They air lots of replays AJ Styles goes into the crowd and celebrates with the fans. Dixie is shocked on the ramp, Taz is pissed, Tenay is marking out and AJ is in the crowd celebrating.